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Monday, Sep 23, 2019

Pune’s first animal crematorium to open on May 31

With Pune municipal corporation at its helm, this will also be the first-ever animal crematorium in the state to be run by a government institution.

pune Updated: May 30, 2018 14:56 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
PMC’s animal incinerator near Naidu Hospital.
PMC’s animal incinerator near Naidu Hospital.(SANKET WANKHADE/HT)

Acting on requests of residents and animal lovers, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has built the city’s first animal crematorium near Naidu Hospital, which will be inaugurated on May 31.

This will also be the first-ever animal crematorium in the state to be run by a government institution.

Mahendra Shinde, executive engineer, PMC electricity department, said, “After meeting Mukta Tilak, Pune mayor, it was decided that the guardian minister will inaugurate the crematorium on May 31. The project was completed only because PMC allocated its funds to buy the incinerator.” 

“Till now, there was no such crematorium in the city, thus causing a lot of inconvenience to residents,” he added.

“Also, many stray animals die either in accidents or from illnesses, and are left unburied. This has led to various health hazards. However, now with the crematorium in place, the issue will be resolved,” said Shinde. 

The crematorium has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 98 lakh and the proposed charge per cremation of an animal is Rs 2,000, said Shinde. 

Manoj Oswal, prominent animal activist, said, “The animal crematorium in the city was a much-needed project. Also, it was a project overdue since a very long time. It is good that the PMC has catered to the demands of numerous animal lovers.” 

“The project is welcome. Also, the rates that the PMC is charging is very nominal and is commendable. While the PMC is charging only Rs 2,000, other animal crematoriums run by various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) charge more than twice the amount,” said Uma Karve, another animal activist.

The proposed location of the animal crematorium was earlier in Bhavani peth. However, with residents opposing the location of the project, it was later shifted to a spot near the PMC-run Naidu Hospital. 

Animal Crematorium

May 31 - Inauguration date of the animal crematorium

Rs 2,000 - Proposed cost per cremation of an animal 

Rs 98 lakh - Cost of the project 

2,000 sq ft - Height of the building 

30.5 metre - Height of the chimney 

40 KvA - Capacity of generator at the crematorium

Environment as well as the pollution department has given its nod to the project

First Published: May 30, 2018 14:44 IST